Pathribal fake encounter case ‘can’t be closed in a box’

JAMMU: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the Pathribal fake encounter case of 2000, in which five civilians were killed brutally by Army and then passed off as foreign militants, can’t be closed in a box and “it is the moral obligation of the government of India to deliver justice to the victims and people of Kashmir.”

“The buck can’t stop here only. And the case can’t be closed in a box. I met Prime Minister and conveyed the collective feelings of the people of Kashmir in this regard. To deliver the justice to the people of Kashmir is not only the obligation of state government but also to the government of India, and we will fight to get the justice,” Omar said while replying on the discussion on Motion of Thanks to Governor N N Vohra for his joint address to state legislature.
Omar said while his government acknowledges Indian Army for instituting a probe into the Macchil fake encounter, “there is resentment among the people and the government also over the Pathribal case.”
“If we say that five innocent people were killed, will there be any one who will say that they were not innocents? If five innocent persons were killed then someone is responsible for the killing of these innocent people? For instance, if we say the fact findings report of Army held no one responsible for killings, then who is responsible? The buck can’t stop here. And if they are innocent then present the real culprits before the people,” Omar said.

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